SASS research

Details of some of the diverse research projects underway in the School of Arts and Social Sciences can be found below.

Edutourism: Enhancing research and teaching in Contemporary Music practice through alignment between higher education, creative arts industries and tourism. (2014 ongoing)

This project makes a comparative study of global tourist destinations, higher education provision, research and industry partnerships to inform curricula and pedagogy in music higher education. The project focuses on careers as musicians and entertainers on cruise ships, the musical training required for these vocations, and the creation of vocational pathways from universities to cruise ship industries. The project aims to create a partnership between Southern Cross University, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises. A musical theatre show entitled Over the Southern Seas, Under the Southern Sky, designed for performance on cruise ships will be the creative work outcome.
Lead Researcher: Annie Mitchell.
Contact: annie.mitchell@scu.edu.au

Developing Best Practice Pedagogy in the Provision, Supervision and Assessment of Practice-based Music Higher Degrees (2014 ongoing)

This is a collaborative project between Southern Cross University, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the University of Western Sydney. An Expression of Interest in this project has recently been accepted by the Office for Learning and Teaching, so a full-proposal is now being prepared. The project responds to a significant change of emphasis from traditional theses to creative work/exegesis models in music Honours and higher degrees. It aims to develop a national standards framework for provision, supervisory pedagogy and assessment of HDR in music.
Researchers: Annie Mitchell, Scott Harrison (Griffith University) and Diana Blom (University of Western Sydney).
SASS staff member: Annie Mitchell.
Contact: annie.mitchell@scu.edu.au
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Assessment in Music (AiM) (2013 ongoing)

Assessment in Music (AiM) is a project undertaken by the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, University of Newcastle and the University of Tasmania. The project, funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching, aims to develop and trial consensus moderation strategies that address the alignment between learning and assessment, and the Australian National Creative and Performing Arts Threshold Learning Outcome statements in tertiary music programs. In July 2013 a national symposium was held at Queensland Conservatorium of Music where Dr Annie Mitchell presented the paper New Wine in Old Bottles: Aligning curricula, pedagogy and assessment through creative practice in classical and contemporary music. This symposium has resulted in the book Assessment in Music: Principles and Practices, which is currently in print. New Wine in Old Bottles forms one chapter.
Contributing researcher and author: Annie Mitchell.
Contact: annie.mitchell@scu.edu.au
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Radical Theatre Across the World (2014)

Radical or working-class theatre groups were crucial in the development of long- lasting left-wing cultural activist impulses in many industrially developed nations, including UK, Australia and the USA, as well as other nations including India and South Africa. This major research project aims to understand the ways in which people organised, and were organised through, their leisure lives within two radical theatre groups, and to show how these were connected to and contested as part of wider transformations in society.
Researcher: Lisa Milner.
Contact: lisa.milner@scu.edu.au
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Freda Brown (2014)

One of Lisa Milner's current major projects is the research and writing of a biography of Freda Brown, (1919-2009), Australian feminist, communist, activist. Freda was a long-time member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Australia, leader of the Union of Australian Women and, most significantly, President of the Women’s International Democratic Federation for 30 years. Her work in promoting peace and women’s issues has, up to now, been overlooked.
Researcher: Lisa Milner.
Contact: lisa.milner@scu.edu.au
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Cockatoo Island, Sydney (2014)

A labour history project investigating the work and organisation of the unionised employees of Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour over its use as a dockyard from 1850 to 1992. SASS researcher Lisa Milner is a member of the global research group 'In the Same Boat? Shipbuilding and ship repair workers: a global labour history (1950- 2010)'
Researcher: Lisa Milner.
Contact: lisa.milner@scu.edu.au
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Union-made Films (2014)

This project seeks to understand the motivations for, and effects of, films made by Australian trade unions over the past seventy years, and focuses on the work of the Maritime Union of Australia and the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association in presenting films on cinema screens, televisions and the internet that present alternate views of work and unionism to that of mainstream media.
Researcher: Lisa Milner.
Contact: lisa.milner@scu.edu.au
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Large Group Performance Teaching (2013 ongoing)

This project, based at the University of Western Sydney, has contributing researchers from other tertiary music institutions. The project responds to current pressures in music performance education, particularly where large group teaching is replacing individual tuition. The project aims to identify pedagogical opportunities and challenges arising from teaching practical music through group classes, requirements of studio specialisations, diverse student learning styles, assessment, and professional development for teachers. The book entitled Large Group Performance Teaching is due for publication in 2015. Dr. Annie Mitchell is contributing two chapters; Group Teaching in Music Performance and Teaching and Learning Strategies and Professional Development for Group Performance Teaching.
Contributing researcher and author: Annie Mitchell.
Contact: annie.mitchell@scu.edu.au
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The Musical History of Paronella Park (2012-2014)

This research explores the musical history of Paronella Park, a Spanish-style resort, castle, theatre and botanical gardens built by Catalan migrants Jose and Margarita, near Innisfail in the early 1930s. Paronella Park became the musical and cultural hub of this area of North Queensland for several decades. The project investigates the cultural and musical entertainment offered at Paronella Park from 1930s to 1990s, identifies the musicians who played at Paronella Park during this time and their repertoire, and evaluates the influence of Paronella Park upon the local community. Paronella Park inspired several creative works, including the musical The Impossible Dream; written and performed in 2010 to commemorate the Park’s 75th anniversary. Research about the musical history of Paronella Park has been presented by Dr. Annie Mitchell to music and tourism conferences at the University of Leeds, Liverpool and James Cook University. Publications include Paronella Park: The Dream Continues, Paronella Park: Music, Migration and the Tropical Exotic, and Paronella Park: A Musical History of the Impossible Dream.
Lead investigator: Annie Mitchell.
Contact: annie.mitchell@scu.edu.au
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